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The Archbishop recently said that the wave of energy price hikes seems "inexplicable"

Shell accused of leaving renewable project 'high and dry'

A row over the Government's ambitious renewable energy targets erupted yesterday after Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of the London Array, the world's largest proposed offshore wind farm. Environmental groups and politicians criticised Shell for its decision to put its one-third stake in the £2bn project, which is projected to generate 1gw of emission-free energy – enough to power a quarter of London households – up for sale.

Dominic Lawson: The staggering cost of renewable energy

The commitment will lead to an increase of about 40 per cent in annual electricity bills

E.ON tells ministers to come clean about green energy's cost to public

Senior energy executives have called on ministers to come clean about the costs of the Government's ambitious plans for a green energy revolution.

Offshore wind farm plan unveiled

*The energy giant E.ON has unveiled plans to build one of the biggest wind farms in Britain, saying it wants a swift resolution to an objection from the Ministry of Defence.

Pandora: Ruff justice in Romania

The Press Association's political editor Jon Smith – who was injured in a road accident involving No 10 staff, journalists and a Bucharest bus driver – could count himself lucky, given the reported fate of some of the city's Dracula-esque stray dogs, a 30,000-strong infestation.

Energy giant calls for delayed decison on coal-fired power station

Environment campaigners said the Government suffered a "major blow" yesterday after the energy giant E.ON argued that a decision on whether it should build Britain's first coal-fired power station since 1984 should be delayed until later in the year.

Cabinet split over new coal-fired power station

Plans to build Britain's first coal-fired power station since 1984 have led to a cabinet split amid concerns that the project would undermine efforts to cut carbon emissions.

MP calls for public inquiry into £1bn coal power plant

A Labour MP has demanded a public inquiry into the "very, very close co-operation" between the Government and the company planning to build Britain's first coal-fired power station for more than 20 years.

Leading article: This foolish rush into the arms of the dirtiest fuel

Coal is easily the most carbon-intensive and polluting form of energy generation available. As a society, we ought to be moving in the very opposite direction for ourenergy needs, towards conservation and renewables. It is inconceivable that a government serious about cutting carbon emissions would give the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power stations to be built. Yet this is precisely what the Business Secretary, John Hutton, will come perilously close to doing in a speech today. Mr Hutton isexpected to hint strongly that government approval is to be granted for a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent.

E.ON's move to break up its network hands EU a major victory

E.ON sent shockwaves through the European power industry yesterday when it became the first major continental power company to propose a break-up of major parts of its network, handing a victory to the European Commission in its efforts to break the stranglehold the Continent's dominant players have on the market.

NPower announces profit rise of 41 per cent

Fresh concern over the prices charged by energy companies was aroused yesterday when nPower, the country's fourth biggest supplier, announced a 41 per cent leap in profits.

Power to the people: watchdog bows to pressure for energy inquiry

Victory for consumers as regulator launches inquiry into gas and electricity suppliers

Boiling Point: Calls for inquiry into alleged 'profiteering' of energy giants

British Gas, the country's biggest energy supplier, announced a 500 per cent rise in profits today, outraging campaigners who claim householders are being ripped off.

E.ON follows rivals and hikes energy bills

E.ON, Britain's third largest energy provider, yesterday became the latest company to announce significant increases in its bills. E.ON said it would put up prices for gas by 15 per cent and electricity by 9.7 per cent, with immediate effect.

E.ON raises energy prices

Energy provider E.ON today became the latest firm to unveil inflation-busting price rises for gas and electricity customers.

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